PS I ADORE YOU: FAYE’S STORY

I am honored to be the PS I Adore You sponsor for the month of November!  PS I Adore You started with three passionate moms who were committed to bringing awareness to childhood cancer.  By offering fresh, on-trend items they’ve created a platform to shine a light on courageous children battling their disease. Your purchases fund the fight, and this month, we are focusing on miss Faye.  Here is here story, written by her mama:

Three and a half years ago we were expecting our third baby and Faye, then three, often complained of leg pain.  Doctors chalked it up to growing pains, but Faye’s pain increased, she often had fevers, and eventually she didn’t want to leave bed. The only comfort she could find is if we were rubbing her knees 24/7.  Several days after her brother Nixon was born, we took Faye back to the doctor where they did x-rays and blood tests.  Hours later we were in an ambulance heading to Texas Children’s Hospital where Faye would stay for the next five months to receive chemotherapy for Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a rare type of leukemia that is difficult to treat.  The doctors told us a bone marrow transplant was an option, but Faye responded so well to chemo that we (doctors included) thought it would be best to proceed without a transplant, despite her little brother Nixon being a match.
Faye spent the next three years in remission and enjoyed all the things normal little girls enjoy–going to school, playing softball, and spending time with her brothers.  She has taken the name “Mini Mommy” upon herself.  She is incredibly helpful with another new, now one year old little brother.  When she began complaining of leg pain again we were scared to death, but her blood work looked great and we told ourselves her prior chemo could have long range effects on her body.  As the leg pain continued though, we wanted definite answers and asked for an MRI, which showed abnormalities in her bone marrow.  After a bone marrow biopsy, our worst fears were confirmed.  Faye’s cancer is back and this time a bone marrow transplant is the only option.
Faye spent the month of September in the oncology ward of Texas Children’s Hospital receiving chemotherapyto bring a second remission, which has been achieved.  Currently Faye is on the bone marrow floor where shereceived additional chemo to kill her bone marrow. She has received her transplant using Nixon as a sibling match. Now it is a waiting game to see if her body accepts the cells from Nixon.
Faye is as brave as a little girl can be as she goes through what no little girl should have to and has always prayed for her brother Nixon that “he will be OK when they do the ‘bow and arrow’” (Faye’s way of saying bone marrow).  We are so grateful to our Heavenly Father and for the heavenly and earthly angels who are helping Faye and our family through this fight.
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As a mom, I can’t imagine walking through this with one of my own children.  To see your child suffer in any way,  especially from a life threatening disease like cancer, is one of the worst things imaginable as a parent.  And on top of the emotional toll it takes on a family, there is also a huge financial one.  Fortunately, this is one part that we CAN help with.  10% from every purchase made on PS I Adore You this month will go straight to Faye and her fight.
I’ve styled some of my favorite items that will be available this month below!  Please join in helping this sweet family and receive something fabulous in return!
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Giraffe Dress – available now
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Striped Dress – available Nov. 6th
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Knit Circle Cardigan (available Nov. 18th) and little girl’s dress (available Nov. 6th)

SHOEMINT GIVEAWAY
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Objects Without Meaning Jumpsuit / Wendy Bellissimo Jacket / SALT sunnies from Loneflag / ShoeMint HOPE boot

Well, it’s finally beanies and boots season! My favorite.  Fall, you took too long to arrive, but I’m loving every chilly second of you.

I’m so excited to be hosting another giveaway from SHOEMINT today.  ShoeMint is a free, members-only website, with personalized style recommendations, tips, and trend reports.  They offer exclusive monthly shoe collections of over 30 styles ranging in price from $70-$150.  They are high quality and super cute, but won’t empty your pockets (love that).   They add new styles every month based on the newest trends and shipping and returns are always free!  Aside from their in-house brand, they’ve also curated an edited assortment of emerging brands such as Superga, Schutz, and Yosi Samra.  Needless to say, there is plenty to choose from!

Giveaway :  ONE winner will win 1 pair of shoes of choice. To enter, simply go to ShoeMint and sign up (completely free, no obligation to buy…you won’t regret it!) and then comment back on this post with your favorite pair of shoes!  The giveaway will run through Monday, Oct. 26th and is open to US and Canada only.

Receive $40 OFF your first pair of shoes (for first time purchases/members) by signing up here.

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BRIKA
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Ace & Jig pants, Objects Without Meaning top via Loneflag / Necklace – BRIKA / Sandals – Everlane / Sunglasses – SALT

I’m all about the relaxed look these days.  Getting out the door is not as simple of a task as it used to be, so I’m loving pieces that are easy to throw on yet look pulled together.  This OWM top is made of silk-like Japanese cupro and is one of those great transitional pieces that can easily be dressed up or down.  And these Ace & Jig pants are the most comfortable piece of cloth you’ll ever own.  They are the perfect ‘statement’ to a simple outfit.

The necklace I am wearing is from one of my favorite shops BRIKA, by designer LunaSol.  Brika is a beautifully curated online shop that features a number of independent designers and a truly unique product range.  I am especially drawn to their collection of jewelry.  The necklace I am wearing is hand-cut and stamped by the designer, Lindsey of LunaSol…you can read her story here.  Today, we are actually giving away one of these Safi Necklaces on instagram!  So head over to my profile, comment and follow @shopbrika to enter!


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I couldn’t not post these photos I took of Rylee a few weeks back!  I mean, such a big kid already!  Last year, when I was doing the 52 project, I got pretty consistent with putting my “good camera” to use.  I actually really miss those weekly posts and I’ve already decided I am going to do it again next year!  I missed too much this year! Plus, now I have two kiddos to photograph….so it will just make it that much more fun.  I hope you don’t mind an overload of my children on here again. haha.  I’ve always said this space is somewhat of a visual diary for me to look back on when I am old….so that is reason enough for me to share their sweet faces on here too, right?  They are in fact my world.  So many people have said that second children never get as much love (in the photo sense), and I can already tell it’s true with Cru man.  Picking back up with this photo project will help give me the extra push that I need sometimes.

Ry is wearing her dad’s beanie, Oh Cozy Knits scarf, Ollie Jones Feather Dress, Gap denim vest, and Zara boots.  This girl is ready for FALL!!


SOLLY BABY WRAP
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Solly Baby Wrap in Navy Shibori Tie Dye / Free People Crochet Tunic / Hudson Jeans / Warby Parker Sunglasses

I’ve got to say, these Solly Baby Wraps are totally worth all the hype.  I’ve tried a handful of different baby carriers in the past, and these have proven to be my favorite, especially in this infant stage.  They are incredibly comfortable, the fabric is super soft, and they come is a variety of great (fashionable!) colors.  Over the last week Cru has had a lot of gas and reflux, which has turned him into quite the fussy baby.  It breaks my heart to see him so uncomfortable sometimes!  I’m working on changing up my diet to see if it will help, but for the time being, this carrier has been my life saver.  I use it when we go out, but even around the house as well.  I wrap him up tight to my chest and it instantly calms him down.  It allows me to have my two hands back, and it lulls him to sleep nearly every time.  I think he likes it as much as I do.

Rylee continues to impress me with her helpfulness and sweet disposition toward her brother.  I guess I am still waiting for that jealous streak to come, but I am crossing my fingers that we might be able to skip it all together.  I’ve heard that the three year age gap is a bit easier than the two….so I am sure having her a little older is making a difference!  Sure do love her.

And yes, it’s still sinking in that I have TWO kids! Oy!  Not sure where work fits into this picture yet, but I suppose I still have a few more weeks ;)